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[Case Study] New IQ Wireless Clock System Solves an "Old School" Problem at Trinity Episcopal

Posted by American Time on May 8, 2019, 4:00:27 PM

wireless clock systemIf you’ve got an older building, it likely has a wired clock system. And some of those clocks may be failing or require regular maintenance that sucks up time and energy from your maintenance team. Plus, what will you do for synchronized time if you expand or remodel your building or campus?

That’s the beauty of the SiteSync IQ Wireless Clock System. SiteSync IQ wireless clocks are one of the few technologies on the market that can work with a legacy wired clock system or a newer wireless system. Plus, as your wired clocks burn out, they can simply be replaced by one of our wireless clocks – even if the brand isn’t American Time!

Trinity Episcopal's "Old School" Problem

Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia saw the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of this approach. For over a decade, the 39-acre school has relied on us to help solve its challenges with synchronized time and bell schedules.

The original campus buildings featured hard-wired clock systems, but expanding the wired clocks to the school’s new buildings was cost-prohibitive. Plus, it had to figure out how to extend its complex bell schedules that changed depending on the day of the week, weather conditions, late starts, half-days, graduations, teacher workshop days, and so on.

Trinity was thrilled to find American Time. The SiteSync IQ Wireless system with wireless bells and/or buzzer clocks worked with the older wired clock systems and the new building’s wireless systems. This was the flexibility that Trinity needed to expand its campus while keeping everyone running on time.

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A Hybrid Solution that Works with New And Older Systems

With one main controller in a centrally located building and an antenna on the campus’s tallest building, Trinity has the power it needs to reach every corner of its campus. “The controller broadcasts to our largest building that’s 60,000 square feet and solid cinderblock,” said Jason Bavaro of facilities support at Trinity. “Even cell phone signals have trouble working in there! But we’ve never had a problem with our clocks and we don’t even need a booster.”  

Because SiteSync IQ works with legacy systems or new ones, wired clocks or wireless ones, Trinity has been able to expand synchronized time at its own pace as new buildings are constructed or as old clocks fail. “I just swap out the old clock with a new wireless one, and when I come back to the room the clock is synchronized and running,” said Jose Santiago, technology support at Trinity Episcopal School. “Plus, they update for daylight saving time automatically, so I don’t have to run around making sure the clocks are synchronized. That saves me a lot of time.” 

SiteSync IQ Rings the Bells in All Buildings

Santiago went on to explain that bell ringing is crucial at the school, so the wireless bell system drives each day. “It was a big breakthrough when we hardwired the existing bells with the SiteSync wireless system,” he explained. “All of the clocks and bells are now controlled with SiteSync IQ and it’s not a problem anymore.” In the newer buildings in which wired bells weren’t installed, Trinity installed clocks with built-in buzzers or wireless bells depending on the need. 

The reliability of the clocks and SiteSync IQ is very important to Trinity. “Several years go by before I have to replace the four-pack of batteries in each clock,” said Bavaro. “For our clocks that have the new six-pack of batteries in them, I don’t even know how long those will last. Maybe I’ll get to retire before we have to replace them!”

Go here to get the full story about how SiteSync IQ wireless clocks and bells make life easier at Trinity!

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